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Get a new stamp! Foreigners on a current 30 day visa extension can stay until November 30

Caitlin Ashworth

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Details are emerging about the new visa amnesty that was announced by the Thai PM and the CCSA yesterday afternoon. Foreigners who recently paid 1,900 baht for a 30 day visa extension are now clear to stay in Thailand until November 30 at no extra cost, but those foreigners need to report to immigration to get their visa stamp corrected.

At this stage, although announced and approved by the CCSA and the Thai PM, the new amnesty has not been entered into the Royal Gazette but is expected to be in the next 24 hours.

The announcement follows a decision confirmed late yesterday by the CCSA to issue another grace period for foreigners stranded in Thailand, until October 31. Under the new regulation, 60 day visa extensions will be issued to those who are unable to travel back to their home country. The reasons could be lack of flights, problems with Covid in their home country, medical reasons or something else that prevent you from leaving the country.

Those who received a 30 day extension will need to visit their local immigration office and get the correct stamp that will indicate the new expiration date in their passport, according to a story in The Phuket News. In the past, foreigners have needed to present a letter from their country’s embassy requesting an extension, but Immigration Bureau Deputy Commissioner Pornchai Kuntee says “letters from embassies may not be needed.”

“Right now in Thailand there are two groups of foreigners: People who already applied for extensions before September 26, and those who did not. Today Cabinet will approve the second group of people to stay until October 31… But for the first group, the Immigration Bureau will extend their stay until November 30.”

Up to the end of last week, immigration officials estimated around 150,000 foreigners were in Thailand under visa amnesty. Travel restrictions are still in place around the world as the coronavirus continues to spread with global deaths surpassing 1 million late Sunday, Thai time. While some foreigners were able to get their visa in order before the September 26 deadline, many had trouble obtaining a visa and could not leave the country in time. Some tried to make appointments but were unable to get on a list.

Good luck!

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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    Jason

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    It looks like there’s a reward for trying to do the right thing by the Thai Government (present or future). Those who lined up for a visa extension get a bonus month. But those who left it too late (even though that may have been because of confusion or lack of personnel to process their application) get October to put things right. I hope they do, because,like it or not, as tourists, we are guests of another country. We have to abide by their laws and be mindful that they determine wether or not we are permitted to stay. I say that, because that should be our mindset as tourists, no matter where we travel (andno matter what the laws of the country we are visiting are). We are visitors not citizens. And while we bring a great benefit to the country we visit, we must abide by their laws, respectfully.

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      Mel Burn

      Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 5:58 pm

      People, who stay in Thailand for almost a year, are not tourists. And the reason that people have to be on tourist visa is stupidity of Thai laws which do not allow permanent residency as in Mexico or Panama. Even if you buy property in Thailand.

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        Perceville Smithers

        Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 10:32 pm

        What’s your cutoff for a tourist?

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    Mel Burn

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Too late. We already had a nice business class flight back to the US. We’ll come back when all this nonsense ends – we travel and don’t want to have all those quarantines every other month.

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      Mel Burn

      Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 9:39 am

      enjoy murica

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    Rinky Stingpiece

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Why not just bite the bullet and give a 6-month amnesty to next April, and let people work and pay tax and contribute to the Thai economy? There aren’t going to be normal flights in a hurry, and many western countries are descending into lockdown and econmic meltdown until a vaccine comes.

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    Perceville Smithers

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 2:31 am

    Everyday it’s something different! It’s like a certain type of fire drill.

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    Chico

    Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    And now a few offices (Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, etc.) are giving stamps until Dec 30th.

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    Mike

    Friday, October 23, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    All very well as long as you can get the stamp!
    I and 2 others applied at Phetchburi on 16 Sept and were stamped as “under consideration” and told to return on 5 Oct. Paid the b1000 taxi fare only to be told the approval was not back from BKK. Multiple follow up calls since and nothing. Now, just a week to go until the end of the general grace period and still we know nothing…and the hotline in BKK just said they don’t know what’s going on!

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Airlines with routes to Thailand are told to check passengers’ Certificate of Entry, a required document to travel to Thailand, prior to departure. Airlines will face penalties if they allow passengers who don’t have the required documentation to land in Thailand, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand warns.

If passengers do not have their COE prior to boarding the aircraft, then the airlines must handle the situation. If the passengers have stopped for a layover, then the airlines must send them back to their country of origin, according to the CAAT.

“The authority will punish airlines that allow passengers who do not have a COE to enter the country under measures for permission to fly into the country.”

The statement from the CAAT comes after Thailand’s Foreign Ministry banned foreign arrivals from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal to prevent the emergence of the mutated Covid-19 variant that was first detected in India. Thai Embassies in those countries have temporarily suspended the issuing of COE. Thais and those with diplomatic passports travelling from countries from the country where the Indian variant has been reported can still enter Thailand.

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Thai government looks into “humanitarian solution” for detained reporters from Myanmar

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Following the arrest of 3 journalists from a Myanmar news agency and 2 activists, who all face deportation and charges for entering Thailand illegally, the Thai government says they’re looking for a “humanitarian solution.”

Following the February military coup, the junta attempted to silence the media by revoking licenses allowing outlets to report and arresting journalists.

The editor and director of the broadcast news outlet Democratic Voice of Burma, where the 3 reporters worked, called on Thai authorities to not send the journalists back to Myanmar. The news outlet had its license revoked by the military junta. Director says the reporters “life will be in serious danger if they were to return.”

Thailand’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tanee Sangrat recently told reporters that Thai authorities “are coordinating to find a possible humanitarian solution to this case.”

The reporters and activists were arrested in Chiang Mai’s San Sai district for allegedly entering Thailand illegally. The district police chief told Reuters that they would be deported, but they may possibly be held in detention for a 14 day quarantine as a precaution to prevent the spread of Covid-19 before being handed over to immigration.

DVB started as an exile media outlet, reporting on the previous junta and broadcasting uncensored reports. It then moved into Myanmar in 2012. The outlet’s broadcast license was revoked in March, a month after the recent military coup, but DVB continued to report on the protests and military takeover.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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